Copycat Applebee's Molten Lava Cake

The first thing I do when I head to Applebee’s is peruse the dessert menu.  One look at the Triple Chocolate Meltdown is enough to make me drool.  Who can resist three kinds of chocolate oozing slowly from inside and outside of the cake?  Naturally, I had to attempt to recreate this recipe at home.  I found copycat recipes that, while I am sure would have been amazing, were complicated and took longer than I wanted to spend in the kitchen.  After all, I wanted to spend time eating the cake, not all day preparing it! This recipe uses packaged ingredients, making it a snap to bring together and fancy enough to serve to your family and friends who will think you fussed.  I suggest smudging some flour on your face and looking exhausted in hopes the rest of the family will feel sorry for you and make the rest of dinner.  It probably won’t work, but it is worth a try.
I recommend keeping the cakes in the fridge until ready to eat, then microwaving them for ten seconds to heat the chocolate on the inside. Either way, if you have any chocolate lovers in your family, they will ask you to make this recipe often.
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Mitzie

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 I would love to say Mitzie came into our life in an unusual or spectacular way, but that’s not the case. We had recently lost our cat, Snuffy, and the kids were devastated. To console them, Bryan suggested we make a visit to the local animal shelter, which is a high kill shelter due to no one adopting cats, to search for our next pet.  ”Since black cats are the least  likely to get adopted, let’s rescue one of those,” he suggested.  When we entered the overflowing cat room, his eyes zeroed in on a small black kitten. “How about this one?’ he suggested.  I was searching for cats that looked like Snuffy and generally ignoring him, when the kitten began climbing the cage, reaching out her paw and attempting to get our attention.  ”Look,” my son said, “she wants us to hold her.” We retrieved her from the cage. She immediately curled up in my son’s arms and began purring. “I want this one!” my son said.  The animal shelter worker took on look at her and said, “This is your lucky day, cat.”  We filled out the paperwork, took her home and christened her Mitzie.  What we didn’t know was we had just adopted a sick pet.  After a vet visit and some medications for pets to treat parasites, I thought she would be okay. I was wrong.

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Mitzie, with some of her missing fur patches showing.

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My parents were not big on birthday parties when I was young.  To my mom, having a party meant hours and hours of planning, baking and decorating. She spent so much time worrying about the party she didn’t have any fun.  I decided my kids parties were not going to be this way. I wanted time to enjoy our family and friends, not spending all my time in the kitchen.  Here’s my secret: (sssh! Don’t tell!) Sometimes using prepackaged items, like Mrs. Fields Nibblers can be a lifesaver.  No birthday party backlash for me! Tea party? No problem. Girl’s night in? Got it covered. 
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Isaiah Mustafa is on a mission. This spring he is traveling to six cities around the country to help teenagers learn to “scent responsibly.”  He arrived at Chattahoochee High School, outside of Atlanta, on Thursday, riding in a fire truck, amidst  the excited cheers of high school students.  Stepping onto the stage, he informed the students on how to properly apply Old Spice body spray.  The secret is to hold the spray six inches away from the body and only push the trigger for two seconds. 

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See Seven States at Rock City

by Pam on April 18, 2014

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I grew up in a family who were not known for their traveling genes. My mom was content to stay at home and keep me there too.  I vowed I would travel more as an adult and have actively worked to meet that goal.  In the process I’ve shared fun destinations we’ve visited, but I realized I never showcased the attractions in our area. I decided to rectify this situation immediately, beginning with a tour of Rock City, located on Lookout Mountain, only a few minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Boasting the claim of “see seven states” from Lover’s Leap,  Rock City opened to the public in 1932.  The brainchild of Garnet and Frieda Chandler,  they enticed visitors with paths wound through rock gardens,  strown with wildflowers and other plants, along with gnomes imported from Germany.
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Red Velvet Cream Filled Dirt Cake Cupcakes Recipe #netflixkids

April 17, 2014

I have fond memories of the eighties, just ask my kids! I listen to the eighties channel when we are in the car and sing along to the lyrics.  As I was belting out a song recently, my teenage son said, “It’s sad you can remember every song from the eighties, the artist that sings [...]

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A Pet “Spaw Day” for Rio at #PetSmart

April 16, 2014

I had never been jealous of our dog, Rio, until he was offered the chance to try out  a Spaw day and #PetExpressions treatment at PetSmart. Even the kids were a small amount jealous of this. “Rio gets to go to the spaw?” they asked. When the day arrived we packed Rio into the car [...]

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